Andy Procter on the Chesterfield defeat and looking forwardOne of seven debutants in the opening game of the season against Chesterfield, former Preston North End skipper Andy Procter spoke to the press after the 2-0 reverse at Gigg Lane and repeated the managers call for patience as a new group of players settle.
‘I think we are slightly hard done by with that result, after that first half performance – if we could have scored the chances when we had the pressure, then obviously it would have been a different result. Goals change games and in the second half I don’t think Rob Lainton had a save to make, but we have conceded two sloppy goals. You have to give credit to Chesterfield because they passed the ball well and made it very difficult for us.
This is a new group and we are going to have to put up with setbacks like that for a little while. I think when we go a goal down like we did on Saturday; we have to have a bit more about ourselves. We have to be better organised and get going again.
We should have been home and dry at half time; we created some really good chances and put them under a lot of pressure. You’d like to think that as we get into the season that we will be a lot more clinical than that. At this level, the team that scores first normally wins and unfortunately for us – on Saturday it was Chesterfield.
Both Shaun Harrad and Ashley Grimes have put in really good performances over pre-season and they have both scored goals, they have both scored goals at this level. I am sure that if we keep on creating chances the goals will come, but it’s not just down to those two. It’s up to the rest of the squad to chip in with goals as well, me included. To not score at home is disappointing.
Their first goal gave them a big lift, and when you’re under that much pressure – as they were in the first half, when you get the chance you have to make it count. You have to credit Jay O’Shea for their first goal, it’s a fantastic finish. He brought it back on his left foot and he’s managed to whip it in at the far post. That proved to be the difference in the game.
Once they went one up, we were obviously chasing the game and they handled the ball really well after that. There are plenty of positives to take from the game. In the first half we have shown that we are capable of creating chances and getting about teams. On another day, it could have been a different result.
It’s difficult to take the positives because we have lost the game, but when you look at the bigger picture with a lot of lads making their debuts, including myself. We just have to dust ourselves down and move on because it is a new group, we are evolving and we have shown signs that we do have the makings of a really good team.
As a group, we know what it takes; we have proven winners at this level and levels above. We know what it takes, we’ve come up short against a very good chesterfield side that I am sure will be up there come the end of the season.
Nobody knows what will happen over the season, but they have obviously spent some money and you can see that they won’t be short. They have quality in their side like Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan. Perhaps we gave them too much respect in the second half because we stood of them. I’d like to think that when we go back to their stadium later in the season we can reverse the result.
Obviously the lads are disappointed not to have come away with a better result but we are all upbeat and we will go into Tuesday’s game with Crewe feeling pretty confident.’
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